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Takashi Shimizu (“JU-ON”) takes you to a “HOWLING VILLAGE”; U.S. release info, trailer & poster

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | News


It’s not another werewolf sequel, thank goodness, but the Japanese fright specialist’s latest venture into the supernatural.

Dread will release HOWLING VILLAGE to select theaters August 13, VOD August 17 and Blu-ray September 14. Written (with Daisuke Hosaka) and directed by Takashi Shimizu, the filmmaker behind the JU-ON/THE GRUDGE franchise, it stars Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryota Bando, Megumi Okina, Renji Ishibashi. The synopsis: “After her brother goes missing, Kanade, a young psychologist, visits his last known location, an infamous haunted and cursed site known as ‘Howling Village,’ to investigate his disappearance. Her investigation reveals that the village’s mysteries are connected to her family and works to uncover her family’s dark history.”

“I’m thrilled that HOWLING VILLAGE will now be reaching audiences in the United States and Canada,” says Shimizu. “I know that there is a passionate community of genre lovers eagerly awaiting the release. I am extremely excited to partner with Dread and levelFILM.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.